The Albany Institute is pleased to be able to offer these Document Based worksheets that help students read and interpret images and documents to help them learn about the Erie Canal. Produced with Albany Institute primary resources in conjunction with the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor.
Students will examine the work that went into building the Erie Canal. They will also consider the political and physical barriers that were overcome to accomplish its construction. This lesson will highlight the importance of the canal in the development of trade, faster transportation, inventions, and technology, and consider its impact on the country.